With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases.
Looking to Pacific Rim, V/H/S/2, and R.I.P.D. for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of out of this world science-fiction, creepy contemporary horror, and outrageous action comedies.
In a not-so-distant future, mankind is forced to wage a war against a mighty threat risen from the deeps of the Pacific Ocean. When massive extraterrestrial monsters wreak havoc on the shore, we respond with gigantic robots that could battle them back to the rift they came from! Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, and Charlie Day star; Guillermo del Toro directs. (Read our full review here.)
Space the final frontier is full of mystery, and potentially full of the greatest terrors mankind will ever know. Revel in the awesomeness of all of this with three action-packed movies with fearsome alien invaders at their center.
The Avengers (2012) Celebrate summer by revisiting the biggest hit of last summer! This superhero ensemble brought together Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, The Hulk, and Iron Man for a live-action adventure that culminates in an epic New York City-set battle with a battalion of other worldly baddies led by the nefarious Loki. Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, and Scarlett Johansson; Joss Whedon directs.
Monsters (2010) For a space invaders story that's a little subtler, check out this standout indie set six years after a space probe crash in Mexico leads to an outbreak of giant multi-limbed beasts. This has forced the US to shut down the borders to keep out a different kind of alien. In this setting, a snarky American photojournalist (Scoot McNairy) is sent to rescue his affluent employer's AWOL daughter (Whitney Able). Together they have to make their way North while skirting the attention of the authorities and these giant extraterrestrials. Gareth Edwards-- who is helming the upcoming remake of Godzilla-- directs.
Super 8 (2011) Set in 1979, this Amblin-inspired adventure centers on six kids trying to make their own monster movie when they get entangled in a government cover-up. When a lost alien escapes the bonds of the government, one small town will pay big…unless a teen filmmaker can save the day. Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, and Kyle Chandler co-stars; J.J. Abrams directs.